Finishing Week 12 of the 2023 season it’s the DraftKings showdown slate- Chicago @Minnesota. This game feels like it’s hugely important for the Vikings. Get a result here, get onto the bye week, with the projected return of Jefferson, and they could make a run for the playoffs. Lose and it’s going to be rough. The O/U is 45, with the Vikings around a FG favorite.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Chicago @Minnesota Captain Picks
Justin Fields ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Fields is a fantasy force, not a great real-life QB though. Gets most of his value from his legs though, with 108 yards on the ground in his last game. Has only have over 300 yards once this season, and two games where he didn’t even pass for 100! Nice CPT option, and the pricing on the slate still allows you to get in some other studs easily.
Joshua Dobbs ($15,000 Capt/ $10,000 Flex)
Dobbs has a similar outlook to Fields, but instead of racking up yards, he finds the endzone on the ground. Has scored on the ground in each of last five games (two of those games were with the Cardinals). More effective than Fields through the air though. Good matchup here, so unless Fields goes nuts, has a good chance of finishing highest scorer on the slate.
T.J. Hockenson ($13,500 Capt/ $9,000 Flex)
Hockenson formed an immediate relationship with Dobbs, without Jefferson he is the target leader in the offense. Has massive upside in the right game, and this Bears offense is really one that you can target. Offers a bit of a discount to the QBs, which should allow you to get both in your flex and not have to really suffer on the slate.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Chicago @Minnesota Flex Picks
DJ Moore ($10,400 Flex)
Moore is the look that Fields has before he decides to run, so gives him a decent target share in this run-heavy offense. Has 80 targets (of a possible 310) on the season. The pricing kind of puts me off though. Has only had over 60 yards once in his last six (which was last week) but his lack of TD upside really puts me off here. Should be
Jordan Addison ($8,200 Flex)
Addison is a great player, but hasn’t really been able to take a massive step up playing as the WR1. Equally hasn’t been a preferred target of Dobbs during this time. Hasn’t topped 70 yards in his last three games. Feels like he is only going to have value as a pivot from Hockenson against this secondary. Can hit with his ability to get downfield, but the isn’t much of a ceiling here.
Alexander Mattison ($7,400 Flex)
Mattison keeps getting volume in the offense but isn’t really doing a massive amount with it. The floor is relatively solid, as the team keep handing him the ball, but there is a limited ceiling given Chandler’s involvement in the offense. This matchup is decent, so it could be slightly higher than a typical game, but feels like it lacks true upside.
Khalil Herbert ($6,800 Flex)
Herbert is going to be popular as he is going to be the starting RB here, with Foreman out. Going to get high-teens of touches in this one with the way the Bears want to run their offense. Not sure I’m going to go his way here though, with his ownership. Think it’s more likely to be a trap and Fields runs alot and Johnson splits the carries otherwise.
Cole Kmet ($6,200 Flex)
Kmet is a sneaky CPT option, as he has the ability to score multiple times with his size being used effectively in the redzone, nice as a stack with Fields too- as it moves away from the pricey Moore who has far less of a ceiling. Kmet has a decent-ish floor too as the only other receiver with any type of floor for the Bears.
Ty Chandler ($5,800 Flex)
Chandler has been looking far more dynamic than Mattison and has seen his workload increase. I hope that he gets a decent workload here, as he offers a chunk of savings over Mattison. But, with Mattison getting the first opportunity, and this matchup there isn’t a very safe floor here.
K.J. Osborn ($5,600 Flex)
Osborn is a solid receiver and has been the WR2 for the team with Jefferson on the sidelines. The thing is that he really hasn’t had the ball from Dobbs, with just four targets in the two games he has played with him. Almost a dart throw on this slate, but this matchup gives me interest.
Roschon Johnson ($3,000 Flex)
Johnson should be the RB2 here, which gives him massive appeal at the price. Was solid to start the season, and is more involved in the passing game. With how Herbert looked last week when he took control of the backfield (when Foreman was injured), Johnson could get a decent workload on the game. Having him in your flex allows you to get plenty of studs in your lineup.
Brandon Powell ($2,000 Flex)
Powell figures to be the WR3 here with Jefferson out. The pricing makes him a great value. Lacks upside with his role in the offense, but has been getting more targets in the offense than Osborn, with 12 in his last three games. At this price tag he has a solid floor.
Dart Throw Plays (Various)
Instead of writing up a line for a few options with their own sections, thought I’d list out a few in one area. Not really worth considering these as core plays, only in multi-entry GPPs:
- Darnell Mooney (WR, CHI) $4,800 Flex – Mooney is really boom/ bust as he gets downfield and hopes it isn’t a quick pass to Moore or Fields hasn’t run it. The price tag puts me off a little, as there is next to no floor here.
- Josh Oliver (TE, MIN) $2,600 Flex – Oliver is the TE2, but is still getting decent usage in the offense. Had 4 catches last week for 47 yards and a TD. That’s his absolute ceiling, but his floor is literally a zero. He has had that in 4 of his 11 games this season.
- Equanimeous St. Brown/ Tyler Scott (WR, CHI) $1,600/ $1,200 Flex – Splitting time as the WR3 in a run-heavy offense. Really don’t see them doing much in this game though- you need them to score on their minimal targets.
- Robert Tonyan (TE, CHI) $800 Flex – Tonyan is a big-bodied receiver, who has shown Redzone ability in previous seasons, but isn’t getting much as the TE2 in this offense and Kmet getting the redzone looks.
- Jalen Nailor (WR, MIN) $600 Flex – I had him as a nice play for the Vikings in their last showdown slate, and he failed me (lol). Not getting involved in the offense in a reliable way. Can’t fool me twice.
- Travis Homer (RB, CHI) $200 Flex – Min-price option who should be active with Foreman out. He might not even get on the field, but if he does he could pay off her at min-price.
My favorite play from the above is……no one. I don’t really have one that seems like they are better than the other when you consider their price tags. If you forced me, I’d go Homer. Even if he duds, you’ve stacked up everywhere else.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Chicago @Minnesota Kickers and DSTs
The kickers here have appeal, but not as sold on them as in other slates. Greg Joseph ($5,000) has been solid recently, but he has been a little streaky. The fact this game (currently) could be decided by a FG puts me off him strangely- as he has missed pressure kicks for the Vikings. I prefer Cairo Santos ($4,600) on the slate, as a slightly cheaper option and one with a decent workload as the Bears offense stalls out. Only missed one FG attempt this season, and has a long of 54. Playing in a dome, Santos has great value, and has had double-digit points in his last two games.
The defenses here have some appeal, but don’t go crazy. The Vikings DST ($4,400) has been dialing up the pressure this season, and Fields can get caught behind the line of scrimmage if he tries to find a lane to run through. Have some monsters up front though that can force a turnover or two. But, with the lack of speed they have the chances of returning a turnover for a score is limited. The Bears DST ($3,800) are really only worth considering if some mass multi-lineups. They just don’t have many playmakers. Only have 15 sacks this season, and forced 17 turnovers. If you go this way, know it has to be a script that means Dobbs and others are turning the ball over- bare that in mind with your lineup builds.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Chicago @Minnesota! Remember any DFS questions, you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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